Slow Cinema: Resistance to motion and emotion?

July 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Real Time Ocean In this blog post, I am exploring the concept of slow TV as opposed to the fast-paced film that we typically see in our busy lives.

Slow Cinema: a stylistic trend within contemporary art cinema. “The films are minimalistic by design, retard narrative pace and elide causality. Specifically, its aesthetic features include a mannered use of the long take and a resolute emphasis on dead time.” (Screening Boredom, 2014, p.1)

Last weekend I had a chance to explore Botanical beach with my university colleagues; a pristine coastline that has the power to take you back in geological time. It reminds me of the Stephen J. Gould illustrations of the Jurassic time, human size ferns, giant cedar forest, bountiful tidal universe in every puddle and gracious kelp forest dancing at the rhythm of the waves. 

Within this very simple video, I want you to observe what goes on within you. Are the needles of annoyance poking you inside, urging you to skip over the motions? Is your spirit at peace to retrieve a sense of real paced image?

I want to share this magical Sunday afternoon moment with you and I am curious to hear what motions are triggering within you.

Please share your comments with me.


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